In the 1990s David Perlov returned to the format of the filmed diaries he produced between 1973 and 1983, organized in a different way, closer to the cinematographic essay, and divided into three thematic chapters, “Sheltered Childhood”, “Routine and Rituals” and “Back to Brazil”. In the first, we follow the childhood of his grandchildren; in the second, the political routine of Israel, the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the rise of Benjamin Netanyahu and various rituals that make up the country’s daily life; in the third, Perlov returns to Brazil, remaking, for the last time, his trips to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Belo Horizonte.
Part 1: A Sheltered Childhood
A cinematic poem bordering on home movie. David Perlov films his family, emphasizing the mutual gaze between his subjects and the camera, and hinting at the abysmal gap between his grandchildren’s easy-going life and his own childhood in Brazil.
Part 2: Routine and Rituals
In the second part of his Revised Diary Perlov’s camera takes him from the private to the public territory. At the center of the film is the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin; but soon it becomes clear that the film transcends the objective recording of Israeli actuality, and rather interprets it, almost recreates it. The everyday and the ritual interweave and at moments become one.
Part 3: Back to Brazil
Like in Diary, Revised Diary ends in Brazil. Its climax is a hesitating, painful visit to Perlov’s childhood home in the city of Belo Horizonte, towards which he is drawn as if against his will. At the heart of this chapter there is a long drive in the only remained streetcar in Rio de Janeiro: “a streetcar named cinema, a streetcar named reality, a streetcar named memory” (Uri Klein, Ha’aretz).
DVD Label: Instituto Moreira Salles
DVD Format: NTSC
DVD Audio: AC3, 2.0
DVD extras: None
DVD runtime: 02:40:00
Language:English, Hebrew and Portuguese